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Top Billing features the work of sculptor Marco Olivier
Top Billing meets sculptor Marco Olivier
From his childhood days, Marco longed to be a sculptor, and when we got to enjoy some of his work first-hand we saw how the expression and gravity of bronze caught his imagination.
Bronze casting is expensive and to afford his passion, the artist has sustained himself working in aircraft engineering, as a golf pro, and by running his own interior design business too.
The only story more interesting than his rise to artistic success is how he has been struck by lightning no less than three times. Whether it means he’s lucky or not, it certainly hasn’t impacted his ability to produce beautiful pieces.
At Marco’s foundry, you can watch a bronze casting known as the ‘lost wax process’ - invented by the ancient Greeks and little changed for two and a half thousand years.
Before pouring the bronze, you have a wax sculpture inside a rock like shell of hardened silica sand and slurry. That shell was baked in a kiln, to melt the wax and leave a cavity, in the shape of the sculpture. The molten bronze then takes the exact form of the original sculpture.
From animals to human figures and beautifully detailed faces, it seems there is nothing Marco and his team can’t make. With his work shipping internationally, Marco’s living his childhood dream.
Catch more of Marco’s amazing story on Top Billing this Saturday at 6PM!